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Comment author: bigjeff5 03 February 2011 09:27:00PM 0 points [-]

If the twelve examples of solved philosophy you link to are actually your favorite, then I really, really don't understand why anybody bothers with it at all.

All twelve seem completely useless to me.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 03 February 2011 09:52:53PM *  1 point [-]

I understand why you might think that for most of his list, but I'm confused as to why one would have that attitude about some of them, such as number 7, the Bayesian solution to the raven paradox. A more substantive critique seems to be that many philosophers who are taken very seriously don't consider many of these problems to be solved.

Comment author: bigjeff5 04 February 2011 12:08:22AM 1 point [-]

Upon reflection, I suppose I was not considering all of what philosophy can entail, particularly since Richard's list was incredibly underwhelming. I was also thinking of metaphysics when I wrote that, and I over-generalized. Logic, for one thing, I think is very useful when it is applied, and that is considered a philosophical discipline.

So, I take back my statement, somewhat. Philosophy just seems mostly useless, but I'll concede that I could be wrong.